The best method that I have found for organizing my coupons is a 3 ring binder method.
I have a 3 inch 3 ring binder that I have filled with baseball card holder sheets. This way I am able to flip through pages of coupons and see what I have quickly. I go through my binder every 2 weeks after the 15th and the end of the month to take out any expired coupons. These coupons can also be donated to military families for their use. For information about how to donate your expired coupons, click here. My notebook is divided up into the following sections so that it is easy to find my coupons:
* Freebies/rebates ***
* Oral Care
* Over the Counter/Medications
* Paper Plastic
* Pets, Shaving
* Salad Dressing
* Store Coupons
I keep my restaurant coupons in an envelope at the front of my notebook because I have found that they do not fit well into my baseball card holders.
*** I have a freebies/rebates section because I want to make sure that I use these coupons. These items might not be on sale, but it does not matter because I can get them for free. Not all stores accept free coupons, so check your stores policies before attempting to use these.
At the front of the notebook, I have copies of the coupon policies for all of the stores that I frequent. This way if the cashier is not aware of the policy or does not want to take a coupon, I am able to show them the stores policy. Also, I am able to keep my sheets for the weekly coupon matchups I have done at the front of the notebook, you will find these matchups by clicking on grocery stores and drugstores at the top of the site. This way I don’t forget to use a coupon with an item on sale. Using this organization method I am able to save at least 85% on food and health and beauty items. Oftentimes, I even get money back when I have finished shopping because the coupons were a higher value than the items I purchased, or I am able to get a rebate on an item I purchased for free. It amazes me that with coupon organization, you can actaully be paid to buy items, but you really can! The important thing is to stay organized and treat your coupons like money. Bring them with you wherever you go. I hope these budget saving tips help!
I have upgraded my budget saving coupon notebook since this post.
Here are a few of the changes that I made:
I previously posted pictures and an explanation about my coupon notebook. I have since come up with a couple more ideas that seem to be working even better for me. To see my original post click here.
Now, I have a trapper keeper instead of a 3 ring binder. I love this because I can zip it up, and it has a handle. This is so helpful with 3 kids in tow! Also, I am able to keep my scissors in there. At the front is an accordian style plastic storage area where I have put all of my store policies for any crabby cashiers I may encounter along the way. At the front is an area that zips up and I put in my envelopes with the coupons that I have pulled for particular stores. I LOVE ORGANIZATION!
I actually divided up my coupons into 2 notebooks now. One for food items and the other for non food items. I may go back to one at some point, but for now, I love my notebooks being light and easier to juggle with kids. This is not as practical as my one huge notebook, but in the store, it sure has made my life easier.
Also, one more tip – – – Make sure you put your name and contact info in your notebook. These notebooks do take some time to put together and we all know that coupons are like money so you definitely want to get it back if you lose it.